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Comparison of Atoll & Planet for LTE
Planning



Version Date Edited by Comments
1.0
16.9.2009
Tao Wan First version
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Introduction
This document is trying to compare the basic capabilities
between Forsk Atoll 2.8.0 and Mentum Planet 5.0 for LTE
planning. Only the single PC operation is considered. The
comparison is on the following based on designing a small
cluster using these tools
Network settings
MIMO handling
Perform coverage prediction studies
Perform Monte Carlo simulation

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Summary


ATOLL PLANET
Software Installation Easy and fast More difficult and take
much more time
Project Setup Create
a new project
Easy Easy
Project Setup Import
an existing project
Easy Easy
Dependence on 3
rd

party products
No Depending on
MapInfo
Learn how to use the
tool
Easy More effort needed
Algorithms for the tool Available Not available
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Summary


ATOLL PLANET
FDD mode and
carrier/channel
definition
Easy Easy
Antenna Import More options Accept only .paf
format
Propagation Model Support more types of
models
Asset model is not
supported yet
Exchange data with
Excel
Easier, but multiple
tables have to be
exported one by one
More difficult, but
entire project can be
exported once
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Network Settings



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LTE Bearer Definition
ATOLL PLANET
All bearers are supported

Bearers with bits/symber < 0.5 are
not supported. The min value for
bits/symbol is 0.5.
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Bearer Link Adaptation Table
ATOLL PLANET
An SINR threshold is defined for
each bearer, each mobility type,
each mode (SISO, SIMO, MIMO
TxDiv, MIMO SM) in DL and UL.
An SINR threshold is defined for
each bearer, each mobility type,
each mode (SISO, SIMO, MIMO
TxDiv, MIMO SM) in DL and UL.
For each bearer, the SINR threshold
for BLER, BER can also be defined.
SINR threshold for BLER, BER
cannot also be defined.

MIMO SM gain and TxDiv gain can
be defined for each bearer
MIMO SM gain and TxDiv gain can
be defined for each bearer

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Scheduler for Monte Carlo Simulation
ATOLL PLANET
More options available: each column
below has multiple options
Less Flexiable: 2 options only.
Scheduler none only allocate
minimum resource to each UE
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Cell and UE Equipment



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Site/Cell Settings
ATOLL PLANET
Power
Settings
RS power offset can be set;
SCH & PBCH power offset
can be set
RS power offset can be set
Transmitter
Location
Each sector antenna can be
located differently from the
site location
All sector antennas must be
located in the same location as
the site
Tx/Rx loss Can be calculated by tool
based on site configuration
or entered manually
Calculated by tool based on
site configuration
DL loading
and UL
noise rise
Can be defined for coverage
prediction purpose
Can be defined for coverage
prediction purpose

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Other Parameters
ATOLL PLANET
Terminal
Type
Multiple UEs with different
capabilities (ex. # of Tx or Rx
antennas, supported bearers
in UL and DL) can be defined
Multiple UEs with different
capabilities (ex. # of Tx or Rx
antennas, supported bearers in
UL and DL) can be defined
Service
Type
Service priority, traffic
demand are defined for each
service
Service priority, traffic demand,
and QoS class are defined for
each service
Subscriber
Type
For each subscriber type, the
used terminal, service usage
are defined
For each subscriber type, the
used terminal, service usage
are defined
Mobility Mobility can be defined
explicitly
Mobility cannot be defined
explicitly, but it can be included
implicitly in bearer definition
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MIMO Handling
ATOLL PLANET
Transmit
Diversity
Easy to use Easy to use
Spatial
Multiplexing
Easy to use Easy to use
AMS A bug exists, which will be
fixed in later release
Working properly
AMS work
around for
NSN*
Easy to implement Method 1 is difficult to
implement; Method 2 is easy to
implement
Accuracy of
AMS work
around*
Accurate Introduces errors for DL
average data rate layer
* See <LTE_RF_Planning_Planet Vx.x.ppt>
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Coverage Prediction and Statistics
ATOLL PLANET
Prediction
Type
Can be defined individually.
More options are available
Can be selected only from a
list of pre-defined predictions
Define the
Area for
Prediction
The area is defined by a
polygon, which can be drawn
easily
The area can be the computer
screen, or be defined by a grid
file
Range and
Interval
Definition
Easily performed by
specifying the START, END
and STEP SIZE
Each step level from start to
end must be specified. More
difficult to use.
Display
Prediction
Can display coverage for
each specified level
Display the coverage for entire
range only
Statistics Table or Histogram Table or Histogram
UL CINR UL power control is assumed
so that the SINR is upper
limited by the threshold for
the highest MCS
No UL power control. SINR is
based on max UE power
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Monte Carlo Simulation and Statistics
ATOLL PLANET
Define Area
for
Simulation
The area is defined by a
polygon, which can be
drawn easily
The area can be the computer
screen, or be defined by a grid
file
Statistics More information available.
Info for each individual
mobile is available
Less information available. Info
for individual mobile is not
available
UL Loading
and Noise
Rise
More reasonable Noise Rise is too low (<0.2 dB
when average loading>60%)
Traffic Map Easy to create More effort needed for new
users
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Monte Carlo Simulation
ATOLL PLANET
Mobiles not served (all dots) are
intended to be everywhere
Mobiles not served (black dots only) are
concentrated in weak coverage area
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Summary
While a conclusion is required for comparison in general, we
are trying to avoid it due to the limited tests on the 2 tools.
However, in general it is believed that
Atoll 2.8.0
Easy to use for new users
Easy to create statistics
MC simulation results are more reasonable
Users have better understanding the tools due to the availability of all
algorithms and formulas
Planet 5.0.0.230
More difficult to use for new users
More difficult to create statistics
MC simulation results (UL noise rise) seems not reasonable
The tool is harder to understood due to the unavailability of all
algorithms and formulas